I've been in EMS for seven years now, and will continue remain active with our local amublance service. After working as a Medical Assistant at a small clinic last year, I decided to pursue an RN degree. Once I have my license, I would like to work in as an ER Nurse. I've already done ACLS, and would want to go on and obtain Emergency Nurse certification once I am qualified.
I enrolled at Excelsior College late Oct. '02, and have been very pleased with their program and online support so far.
I live in a rural area, and had met a few RN's who had obtained their degree's from Regent's (now Excelsior). In fact, one guy was a Paramedic when I met him 8 years ago. He went on to become an RN and is now in Medical School!
Distance learning works best for me, because of travel time and difficulties commuting from my location. I also like the control it gives me over time. As at least one other has mentioned, I don't have to worry about commuting, parking, and other details. Nor does my life have to revolve around a Prof.'s or School's schedule.
I think it takes dedication, self-motivation, and an independant spirit to go the Distance Learning route! It's not for everyone, but it's a lifesaver for those who have no other alternative.
I'm working on pre-requisites now, and hope to have them completed by the end of this year. Right now I'm (hopefullY) completing A & P and Microbiology, and hope to do those tests this April or May.
It's definitely not easy. But the fact that so many others have done this while working (and some even raising a family!!!) keeps me inspired! I would like to take my NCLEX by spring 2005, but have promised myself I won't drive myself crazy if it takes a little longer!
I'm so glad we have each other to keep us motivated, and really appreciate the input from those who have successfully completed Distance Learning programs. I really think it will become more and more of a future trend.
Nice to meet all of you!